The Men’s Hundred is right at the business end of the competition and there are still eliminator places to be finalised, as we go down to the final round of games. On Wednesday, we have second placed Manchester Originals against fourth placed Southern Brave.
The Oval Invincibles are the only side confirmed in the knockout stages of the Men’s Hundred, as they sit proudly at the top of the table and have already sealed their final spot.
Below them, as many as four teams could still mathematically qualify for the Eliminator match, although it is Manchester Originals (4/5) who sit in prime position.
Win here and they are through in second place but lose and they could still theoretically miss out if they lose heavily and the Welsh Fire win handsomely on Tuesday night.
The Southern Brave (20/21) have no such complications to worry about. They have to win here, away at one of the form sides in the competition.
Both teams should remain unchanged at this late stage of the competition. Josh Little is unavailable for the Originals, as he is on Ireland duty.
Manchester Originals: Phil Salt, Jos Buttler, Max Holden, Ashton Turner, Paul Walter, Jamie Overton, Usama Mir, Tom Hartley, Josh Tongue, Zaman Khan
Southern Brave: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, James Vince, Leus du Plooy, Colin Ackermann, Tim David, George Garton, Rehan Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Craig Overton, Tymal Mills
Manchester Originals to win – 4/5
The Originals are finding form at just the right time and have won four of their last five games in the competition.
It’s hard to see anything other than an Invincibles v Originals final showdown right now, as the two form horses in the event and they should have enough to win here.
The Southern Brave have struggled with the bat at times this season and the 131 they scored in their last game won’t be anywhere near enough to trouble the home side.
Buttler and Salt have started to fire at the top of the order and the Manchester outfit have batting all the way down the line up.
I’m surprised to see the Originals available at just less than even money here, in a game they should win comfortably.
Jos Buttler top Originals run scorer – 9/4
Buttler has slowly cruised to the top of the Hundred run charts and looked untroubled as he accumulated another 75 against the Northern Superchargers.
An Orange Cap winner in the IPL, the 32-year-old continues to go from strength to strength in the shorter formats and has cemented his self as one of the top players in the world against the white ball.
I’m taking the England Captain to get his side off to a flyer here and take the Originals into the eliminator stage.